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Fun to Knit, Fun to Wear

March 15th, 2010

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One of the few pitfalls of my job here at Lion Brand is that as people call and write with questions about patterns, I get exposed to lots and lots of great patterns, all of which I want to make right now. I actually have a folder in my browser toolbar where I drop all of the pattern pages because, really, once it got over 10, I knew I’d never remember all of them. The fact that I have easy access to the yarn called for in all these patterns just exacerbates the problem. I’m usually pretty good about pacing myself, but after the holidays I decided to reward myself by casting on one of these projects.

I was torn between the Graceful Top (because summer’s just around the corner, really) and the Floral Fantasy Pullover (pretty!), and was also considering the Saturday Morning Hoodie (because who doesn’t need another comfy cardigan?). So I was trying to choose and then a customer called with a question about the Play It Cool Neckwarmer, and I clicked on the link in the pattern description for the Casual Comfort Pullover that it’s shown with–and the next thing I knew, I had all the yarn and a pair of needles in my lap, and I was casting on!

I decided to substitute Hometown USA for the Wool-Ease Thick & Quick called for in the pattern, just because I know I really love the softness of the Hometown USA and enjoy working with it. Since they’re both category 6 yarns, substituting was no problem at all.

This was a quick and easy project that resulted in a beautiful, comfortable sweater. I’ve already worn it twice and gotten lots of compliments both times. Now I just have to decide what to make next!

  • Ardosa

    what a horrible problem to have :) wanting to knit all those patterns AND easy access to all the yarn! :)

  • http://peacefullyknitting.com Tina

    Darn ~ now I have even more patterns to add to my “wishlist”! I really like the Saturday Morning Hoodie and the Graceful Top – this one would be perfect right now in Phoenix!

  • Stephanie

    Beautiful! I did a similar thing recently. I wanted to knit a sweater and I wanted it to be quick and reletively painless. Since I had never knitted a sweater before, I also wanted to go easy on the budget, at least this first time around because, let’s face it, as in life, there are no garuntees when knitting sweaters. I decided on the Extra-Easy Extra-Fabulous Cardigan and swapped Hometown USA for the Woolease. You’re right– it is sooo soft, especially after I washed it. Luckily, the sweater turned out well! Too bad it’s 80 outside now!

  • Mary

    I plan to make a child’s blanket (the car blanket/pillow from the Lion Brand website). Do you recommend Hometown USA or Wool-Ease Thick & Quick? Is one of them better for blankets? Is one of them less likely to stretch out/sag or pill? Thanks.

    Zontee says: Hi Mary, we’ve made a ton of blankets in both yarns and both hold up well. Since they’re both machine washable/dryable, they’re both good for kids as well. Mostly, it’s a matter of personal preference. Check out the color lines (Hometown USA has more brights, while Wool-Ease Thick & Quick has more muted colors) and remember that the wool content in WETQ will also make it warmer.

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